Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Jayne Mansfield

“If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way”

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Tuesday Tip: Mend My Mani

If you have a chipped manicure and have neither the right colour to correct it or the time for a do-over, grab a glitter or crackle nail polish.

Applying one coat of textured polish over your manicure will help disguise any flaws. It will also give your mani a glam revamp!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Ingredients 101: Salicylic Acid

Natural or Synthetic: Both

The Science: Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid that can either be synthesized in a lab or sourced naturally through a variety of plants and fruits, including willow bark, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raisins, kiwis and apricots.

Beauty Benefits: The structure of salicylic acid enables it to gently penetrate the skin, breaking down and exfoliating the dead skin cells that block pores and cause acne. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help remove redness and reduce the amount of damaging bacteria on the skin. It treats other skin problems by softening and loosening dry, scaly, or thickened skin so it can be removed.

Salicylic acid has also been proven to firm the skin, stimulate collagen production and improve the skin's barrier functions.

Warnings: Salicylic acid should be avoided during pregnancy.

Salicylic acid can also cause irritation, so it is not advised for those with sensitive skin. However if you have sensitive skin and are really desperate to try this ingredient, look for products that only contain low concentrations of salicylic acid.

Found in: La Roche-Posay Effaclar K (£13.00 Boots / $30.99 laroche-posay.us). This oil-free moisturiser provides great hydration. It also works as an amazing acne treatment and is my go-to product when pimples appear!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Salicylic Acid

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Weekly Worship: REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream

REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream Review

Price: £32.00 / $55.00

Stockist: M&S / Sephora

I have always been a huge fan of night creams - I mean, who doesn't love a product that beautifies you as you sleep?! Now, I am always excited to see new night creams hit the beauty shelves but rarely try any that stand out. However, for the past couple of weeks, I've been using the REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream and I am pretty impressed.

Whenever I apply the REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream, I wake up with plumper and brighter looking skin. It doesn't seem to reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as my other favourite night creams (Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream and Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream), however it does provide a healthy and even complexion.

This beautifully rich cream also absorbs quickly into the skin, instantly making it ultra smooth. In fact, skin is left so smooth and soft that I've actually been using this night cream as a foundation primer - yes, it's that  good!

Friday, 18 April 2014

News: Santigold For Smashbox

Smashbox has collaborated with American singer - and all-around badass - Santigold, to create a new makeup collection.

The Santigolden Age collection will feature products for face, eyes and lips including:

  • Eye Shadow Collage - two eye shadow palettes that include five shades of luxe wet/dry eye shadows
  • Be Legendary Lip Gloss - two lip glosses that can be worn alone or layered with other shades
  • Be Legendary Lipstick Ring - a collectible snake-pyramid ring adorned with Swarovski crystals with a limited edition soft coral shade of Be Legendary Lipstick hidden inside
  • Double-Ended Limitless Eye Liner - a double ended liner available in blue, gold, yellow and green
  • Nail Polish Art Strips - two sets of mistake-proof nail strips designed by Santigold and musician Trouble Andrew.
The collection will launch online on the 14th May and in stores nationwide on the 28th May. Prices will range from £10-£39.

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